Tiara Time

At the Victoria and Albert Museum in London

From their presence in Egyptian tombs and on ancient Greek statuary to their modern-day appearance on the heads of Hollywood starlets and real-life princesses, tiaras have always held a powerful fascination. As symbols of status, influence, and elegance, they conferred nobility on courtiers and commoners alike. Tiaras, an exhibition now at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London through July 14, presents more than 200 examples of both royal and contemporary headwear, including pieces designed by Fabergé, Lalique, Chaumet, Boucheron, and Cartier (such as the 1927 platinum sunburst tiara with star sapphire).